Return of the Swans

Photo courtesy of Marek Szczepanek

Plans for 24th Annual Return of the Swans event at the Public Garden have been newly updated!* Please join us this Monday, May 7th to celebrate Romeo and Juliet’s reintroduction to their summer home. They had previously migrated south for the winter—to the Franklin Park Zoo! As Boston’s two favorite swans Romeo and Juliet enjoy quite the homecoming celebration even Mayor Menino will make an appearance to welcome them back!

At 9:15am, we will host a parade beginning at the corner of Beacon Street and Charles Street (right near the Make Way for Ducklings statue). Led by a brass band, the parade will conclude at the Boylston Street side of the lagoon where the official ceremony will begin at 9:30. Additional entertainment and refreshments provided by the Four Seasons Hotel and H.P. Hood LLC will also be available.

We are so excited about this event, and we expect it to add a little extra fun to Boston’s Monday morning!

For more information, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be happy to take any calls (617-635-4505), or you can visit their Facebook page:

*As of May 4th, 1:10pm

Margaret Pokorny to be Awarded with Park Partners Award

Friends of the Public Garden Board Member, Margaret Pokorny, will be awarded the first annual Park Partners Award at the 2012 Boston Flower & Garden Show’s Preview Party hosted by Boston’s Parks & Recreation Department. The party will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center on Tuesday, March 13th.

The entrance to last year's Flower and Garden Show

Funds raised at the event will be used to grow and plant flowers in all neighborhoods of Boston, and to improve conditions in the city’s greenhouses at Franklin Park. The Parks & Rec Department wants to emphasize the importance of flowers in the city, as residents often don’t have a front or backyard. Last year, the Parks department was able to plant nearly 121,000 bulbs around the city!

At the Preview Party, Margaret Pokorny will be honored for her dedication in beautifying the Commonwealth Ave Mall. The award will be presented by Mayor Thomas Menino.

“Margaret has gone above and beyond in order to preserve the quality of life in the neighborhood by advocating for policies which protect trees and encourage use of Commonwealth Avenue Mall by residents and visitors,” said Mayor Menino.

About Margaret Pokorny – A hands-on booster for Boston’s parks, Pokorny’s personal slogan is “Born to Prune.” Her in-depth knowledge of her neighborhood parks was evident in her final thesis in the Radcliffe Seminars program in Landscape Design in 1992: a history and master plan for Commonwealth Avenue Mall. She was mentored in the project by her friend and neighbor, the late Stella Trafford, known as the Grande Dame of Boston parks for her own involvement with Commonwealth Avenue Mall, the Public Garden, and Boston Common.

Pokorny worked with Trafford on issues related to the Mall, and became an active
member of the Board of the Friends of Copley Square, the Friends of the Public Garden, and the
Board of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay. She also served as Co-President of the
Garden Club of the Back Bay and joined the Board of The Esplanade Association when it was
founded in 2000.

Tickets for the event are still available to purchase either online or by calling 617-635-4032.